CharacteristicsHigh quality aluminum composite cladding material, lighter in weight, easier to fabricate into complex forms, superior flatness, durability, stability, vibration damping and ease of maintenance
ColorsSMX Silver Metallic, MCU Mica Champagne, and OPT Mica Platinum
|Location:||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America|
|Fabricator:||Engineered Wall Systems, Inc.|
|Architect:||Klai Juba Wald Architects|
|Exterior Panel Manufacturer:||ALPOLIC|
|Products:||ALPOLIC®/fr in SMX Silver Metallic, MCU Mica Champagne, and OPT Mica Platinum|
The new Linq Hotel and Casino is located on the Linq Promenade, opposite the High Roller – the world’s tallest observation wheel, as part of a redevelopment project designed to anchor the promenade and reflect its inviting sense of new possibilities. ALPOLIC® exterior wall paneling helps create a unique experience from one end of the Promenade to the other.
To ride the High Roller, you mount a double-deck platform faced with ALPOLIC® panels inside and out, including the radiused channels where the cabins enter the structure to load and unload passengers. There’s hardly a straight line or flat surface to be found – a tribute to the vision of Klai Juba Wald Architects and the ingenuity of the engineers and fabricators at Engineered Wall Systems, Inc, also known as EWS Panels.
The fascia of each canopy slopes inward and gets narrower from top to bottom, where it meets the convex radius of the structure’s ceiling. Every panel had to be shaped to join its neighbors perfectly from multiple directions, in multiple planes.
Some canopies feature oculus openings that let in sunlight and provide a view of features such as the monorail tracks and the High Roller towering overhead. For these, ALPOLIC® panels were tapered to fit the radius of the canopy, given a convex radius to fit the interior of the oculus, then lowered in place and glued to the bottom pieces that form a narrow band around the opening.
The Linq’s roof deck features a central “vortex” of colorful LED lights suspended between the deck and overhead canopy. The deck and overhead canopy are clad with ALPOLIC® materials fabricated to create complex tapers and radiuses that give the structure the feeling of a waterspout forming over ocean waves.
The deck is supported at the outside corner by a 30-foot cigar-shaped column, echoing the design of the columns that support canopies throughout the development. These cigar-shaped forms were particularly challenging to fabricate. Each panel has a compound radius that varies from top to bottom, with pairs of matching panels forming each layer of the column. The 30-foot column has about a dozen pairs of these panels – each with a different, tapering diameter – and they all had to fit together perfectly as each joined pair was lowered into place.
The project used three panel colors – silver metallic, champagne metallic and mica platinum. The design of the various project features called for these to be installed in specific patterns. And because they’re directional finishes, fabricators needed to make sure each panel was in the correct orientation for shaping and cutting.